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Alberni cadet donates cash to award program

Lt (N) Carson Stoney, left, a Port Alberni sea cadet officer, donates $1,000 to Russ Lazaruk of the Duke of Edinburgh Award program, to be used to enroll Alberni Valley youth in the program. - Photo courtesy Lt (N) Jean Cyr
Lt (N) Carson Stoney, left, a Port Alberni sea cadet officer, donates $1,000 to Russ Lazaruk of the Duke of Edinburgh Award program, to be used to enroll Alberni Valley youth in the program.
— image credit: Photo courtesy Lt (N) Jean Cyr

VICTORIA – Lieutenant (Navy) Carson Stoney, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader for Port Alberni, has donated $1,000 to the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Stoney made the donation last Saturday at Robert Bateman’s gallery in Victoria.

Stoney, a member of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets in Port Alberni, who also works part-time with Futureshop, received the retail business’s annual volunteer award, which consists of a $1,000 donation to a charity organization that Futureshop employees volunteer with.

The donation from this award will go directly to helping youth join the Duke of Edinburgh program that Stoney has just started in Port Alberni.

“I completed my Bronze Award in Manitoba, my Silver Award in Alberta, and my Gold Award here in B.C. It’s so rewarding to not only give back to this program but to be able to make this donation to help start the program here in Port Alberni, I’m truly grateful,” Stoney said.

“This program has helped countless youth challenge themselves to become better citizens, better leaders, and better members of their community. I highly encourage any youth aged 14-24 to enroll.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded by His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, to encourage personal development and community involvement for young people.

The program has three levels: bronze, silver and gold, and is open to any person between the ages of 14 and 24.

Participants complete the award by achieving personally established goals, in the areas of community service, skill development, physical recreation and adventurous journey.

Upon completion, a member of the royal family will present every participant with his or her Gold Award.

Any youth interested in joining are encouraged to contact Lt(N) Carson Stoney at Carson.Stoney@cadets.gc.ca.

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